The price of beauty has escaped a nip from the credit crunch with one cosmetic clinic carrying out almost 10 surgical procedures every week, it emerged today.
The Hospital Group revealed it broke the mould during the recession, with a turnover of three million euro during its first 12 months of business in Ireland.
Breast augmentation was by far the most popular procedure, with almost all women at the clinic having the surgery.
It was followed by those watching their waistline who underwent gastric banding, or obesity surgery, liposculpture and tummy tucks.
Nose jobs, eye lifts, breast lifts and ear correction surgery were also popular.
The Hospital Group’s chief executive David Ross said its decision to expand into the Irish market has been rewarded with a good first year.
Although he remained tight-lipped about its profits, the firm admitted the figure far exceeded its business plan targets.
It carried out more than 500 surgical procedures since last May and sold around €500,000 worth of non-surgical treatments.
“It is testament to the expertise and professionalism of the surgeons, nurses and staff that The Hospital Group Ireland is already the cosmetic surgery company of choice for so many loyal customers,” he added.
The leading UK cosmetic surgery company is now considering expanding its operations here, which could include a significant investment in creating or customising a bespoke private hospital and clinic in Dublin’s city centre or county.
This facility would supplement its headquarters on Dublin’s Kildare Street and network of clinics in Belfast, Galway and Cork.